The tableau de mariage is a sort of map of the reception hall, which will help your guests to understand
where they will have to sit and with whom they will share the table.
There does not exist an exact position for it, but it is common to use the welcome drink area to arrange it,
so that the guests may take their time to have a look at where they’ll sit, while waiting for the arrival of the
Generally, it is better to indicate both the name and the surname of the guest on the tableau de mariage,
but a less formal register is not excluded, using only the first name or even nicknames.
If you are wondering where to start for the creation of your tableau de mariage, we can suggest you some
creative tips in order to surprise everyone.
Remember that the tableau de mariage will need to be in line with the theme you chose for the wedding,
with the style and the colours that you would like to use, in order to create a really chic and coherent whole
which will be surely remembered by your guests. Let’s start form the names of the tables, in respect of the
central idea of the event as well.
Are you getting married in a location immersed in the nature? Then you could opt for the names of your
favourite flowers, and create a tableau with exactly those species, which you will also use for the floral
If you prefer, you could use the names of the trees surrounding the area instead of those of the flowers;
and to create a really magical atmosphere, you could arrange your tableau with some branches from the
selected trees, where you might tie some fine organdy ribbons to hang the cards with the names of your
guests, or you could otherwise use some frames.
Inside the frames, you could place the cards with the names of the tables and the guests: you will get an
To stay ecologic, another idea could be to use the various names for honey. In this case you might place on
the tableau many small vases of different varieties, on which you will write the name of the guest and the
Always remember that the general rule is to respect the main idea of your wedding. That being said, here
are some tips.
If your wedding is taking place at the end of the summertime, a really chic idea is to focus on the delicate
shadows of the lavender fields. So why not give your tableau a touch of Provencal style, for instance by
using an old window or a door with a deteriorated effect on which you could hang the cards for the tables?
Or you could hang the cards on an old bicycle with the basket on the front or back filled with perfumed
little vases, with the cards for the tables coming out from them. If you are keen on antiquarian collections,
you might find a bunch of old keys to create a pretty original tableau by corresponding to each key a paper
plate with the name of the guest and the respective table.
Your wedding will be celebrated in a splendid ancient dwelling with the typical charm of fairy tales? Then
you could give to your tables the names of romances you like and that represent your personality the most,
thus you create your tableau with exactly those books.